Dark Night by Dorothee de Monfreid

While on a (rather ill-advised) solo walk in the dark forest, Felix hears a loud “AHOUOUHOU” and quickly hides in a hollow tree trunk before some ferocious wild beasts show up.

Thankfully, a fortuitous Alice-in-Wonderland-esque twist sees him fleeing through the proverbial (and literal) rabbit-hole and meeting a diminutive but savvy ally who devises a clever escape plan for them both.

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Originally published in French, this quirky tale is complemented by the author’s expressive and cartoony illustrations, which make for an unexpectedly amusing β€” rather than scary β€” adventure that shows how courage and wits can trump brute strength.

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Warning: This book may induce a craving for a mug of hot chocolate.

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